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James 4:16-17

13 03 18 - 22:37

The Sin of Boasting

James 4:16-17

16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

After making all their plans to do this or that without any consideration for God's will in the matter, they would joyfully brag about them. Of course, we do the same thing today. How often have we heard a business or political leader boast about the great plans that they have made and about the wonderful benefits and profits that will be gained?

I do not remember whether I have ever heard a great leader stand up and say, "I have been praying about the future of our country, and this is what God said I should do." Instead, there is usually a rejoicing over the self-made plans and the wonderful future that lies ahead.

James said, "All such rejoicing is evil." It is evil because it places the will and wisdom of man ahead of the will and wisdom of God. "For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I [am], and none else beside me." (Isaiah 47:7) Do men think that there  is none else beside them? They sin, because there is a God whom they ignore and whose wisdom and judgment is far superior to theirs. The evidence of His existence is visible in the creation around us, leaving them without excuse.

They should know what is the right thing to do, but they do not do it. In His teaching on the faithful servant, Jesus said, "And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." (Luke 12:47)

While James was speaking specifically about the sin of making plans without considering whether or not God would allow it, this principle can and should be applied to everything that we do. The perfect law of liberty (1:25) does not give us a license to deliberately sin. If we believe something is wrong and we do it anyway, we are rebelling against what we believe to be the will of God. Likewise, if we know what is right and do not do it, it is also a sin.

This should give the average Christian much to think about. James has previously written that faith without works is dead. Well, the first step toward faithful works should be to consult with the One in whom our faith is placed. Seek the will of the Lord whom we serve. Without so doing we are only serving ourselves, and that is a sin.

Before the Throne:

What are your plans for the day? Have you taken up Godly counsel about that? Do it now! Praise Him for being willing to guide you through life. Thank Him for being so patient with you. Confess your ignorance and place yourself at His service.

For Further Study:

(v.16) * Jas 3:14; Ps 52:1, 7; Prov 25:14; Prov 27:1; Isa 47:7-8, 10; 1Cor 4:7-8; 1Cor 5:6; Re 18:7;

(v.17) * Luke 12:47-48; John 9:41; John 13:17; John 15:22; Rom 1:20-21; Rom 1:32; Rom 2:17-23; Rom 7:13;



Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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